OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL COMMANDER CIVIL AIR PATROL UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AUXILIARY MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, ALABAMA 36112-5937

 
 
OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL COMMANDER CIVIL AIR PATROL UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AUXILIARY MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, ALABAMA 36112-5937
OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL COMMANDER
                                     CIVIL AIR PATROL
                           UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AUXILIARY
                       MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, ALABAMA 36112-5937




                                                                                      ICL 19-03
                                                                                  1 MARCH 2019

MEMORANDUM FOR ALL CAP MEMBERS

FROM: CAP/CC

SUBJECT: Interim Change Letter – CAPR 20-1, Organization of Civil Air Patrol

1. CAPR 20-1, 2 January 2013, is currently undergoing revision as a part of the publications
reengineering project. This interim change letter will remain in effect until such time as the new
CAPR 20-1 is complete and published.

2. Organizational charts in Part II are updated to include the National Diversity Officer and
Diversity Officer positions at the Wing and Region level as shown in attachment 1.

3. Part III, Senior Member Position descriptions are updated to include the position descriptions
shown in attachment 2.

4. If you have any questions or comments, contact Ms. Susan Parker, CAP/DP at (334) 953-7748,
extension 212 or email sparker@capnhq.gov.




                                                MARK E. SMITH
                                                Major General, CAP
                                                National Commander


2 Atch
1. Changes to Organization Charts in Part II
2. Additions to Senior Member Position Descriptions in Part III
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Part II CAP Organizational Charts




                                     National

                                    Commander



               Vice Commander                      Command Chief


               National Diversity
                    Officer




                                    Region/Wing

                                    Commander


               Vice Commander                      Command NCO




                Diversity Officer
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                                    National Diversity Officer

The National Diversity Officer serves as the subject matter expert for diversity and inclusion
excellence to improve access and membership retention of qualified, historically
underrepresented members to the organization. The National Diversity Officer advises the
National Commander and staff on the impact of diversity on mission effectiveness and
recruiting/retention, organizational progress, and actions to promote diversity. The National
Diversity Officer will:

    Provide strategic planning and oversight for institutional diversity and inclusion in all areas,
including but not limited to programs, personnel, and resources.

    Develop and lead a sustainable process to implement, assess, and adapt the national goals
related to diversity and inclusion excellence. Monitor diversity statistics and analyze the data
for trends. Conduct studies to monitor organizational climate and advise the National
Commander on ways to improve the climate.

    Assist in developing Region diversity programs. Collaborate with stakeholders to leverage
effective practices to diversify membership, leadership, and staff teams. Serve as a resource
to identify and implement best practices, programs, and processes.

   Work with other members of the National Staff to provide strategic communications and
public outreach, and to guide recruiting and retention efforts to promote a diverse
membership. Assist with developing partnerships with organizations that share similar
missions and attract membership from historically underrepresented populations.

   Participate in National Professional Development and Cadet Team development of Civil Air
Patrol training activities and course curriculum for diversity and inclusion excellence.

   Support the National Staff on developing and updating publications (regulations,
pamphlets, brochures, websites, etc.) to encourage diversity, reflect the diverse population,
and remove barriers to participation.

                                     Region Diversity Officer

The Region Diversity Officer is the subject matter expert for diversity and inclusion excellence
in their respective region. The Region Diversity Officer advises the Region Commander and
staff on the impact of diversity on mission effectiveness and recruiting/retention,
organizational progress, and actions to promote diversity. The Region Diversity Officer will:

    Provide strategic planning and oversight for institutional diversity and inclusion in all areas,
including but not limited to programs, personnel, and resources.

   Monitor diversity statistics and analyze the data for trends. Advise the Region Commander
on ways to improve the climate within their region.

    Assist in developing Wing diversity programs. Collaborate with stakeholders to leverage
effective practices to diversify membership, leadership, and staff teams. Serve as a resource
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to identify and implement best practices, programs, and processes across the region.

   Work with other members of the Region Staff team to provide strategic communications
and public outreach, and to guide recruiting and retention efforts to promote a diverse
membership. Assist with developing partnerships within the region with organizations that
share similar missions and attract membership from historically underrepresented
populations.

    Support the Region Staff on developing and updating publications (supplements, operating
instructions, pamphlets, brochures, websites, etc.) to encourage diversity, reflect the diverse
population, and remove barriers to participation.

                                     Wing Diversity Officer

The Wing Diversity Officer is the subject matter expert for diversity and inclusion excellence
in their respective wing. The Wing Diversity Officer advises the Wing Commander and staff on
the impact of diversity on mission effectiveness and recruiting/retention, organizational
progress, and actions to promote diversity. The Wing Diversity Officer will:

    Provide strategic planning and oversight for institutional diversity and inclusion in all areas,
including but not limited to programs, personnel, and resources.

   Monitor diversity statistics and analyze the data for trends. Advise the Wing Commander
on ways to improve the climate within their wing.

    Collaborate with stakeholders to leverage effective practices to diversify membership,
leadership, and staff teams. Serve as a resource to identify and implement best practices,
programs, and processes across the wing.

   Work with other members of the Wing Staff to provide strategic communications and
public outreach, and to guide recruiting and retention efforts to promote a diverse
membership. Assist with developing local partnerships and activities with organizations that
share similar missions and attract membership from historically underrepresented
populations.

    Support the Wing Staff on developing and updating publications (supplements, operating
instructions, pamphlets, brochures, websites, etc.) to encourage diversity, reflect the diverse
population, and remove barriers to participation.
NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS CIVIL AIR PATROL

                                                                                                                                                         CAP REGULATION 20-1

                                                                                                                                                                      2 JANUARY 2013

                                                                                                                                                                          Corrected Copy

                                                                                              Includes ICL 17 NOVEMBER 15 and 18-06 4 SEPTEMBER 18

                                                                                                                                                          Organization and Mission

                                                                                                                            ORGANIZATION OF CIVIL AIR PATROL

 This regulation establishes the organization structure of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and position descriptions at all levels. It
 applies to all CAP units.

 SUMMARY OF CHANGES: This revision is a general update to include the new governance changes. All references to the
 National Board, National Executive Committee and Executive Director have been removed. Terms limits for Region, Wing and Unit
 Commanders have been included as well as the National Inspector General. The job descriptions have also been updated. Note:
 Shaded areas identify new or revised material.

 TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                                                                                               PAGE
PART I−ORGANIZATION OF CIVIL AIR PATROL                                                                                                                                                   3
Section A−General ....................................................................................................................................................................... 3
Section B−Corporate Organization at National Level ................................................................................................................. 3
Section C−Relationship with the Air Force. ................................................................................................................................ 4
Section E− Field Organization ..................................................................................................................................................... 6
Section F−Organization and Manning of CAP Units ................................................................................................................... 6
Figure 1−Civil Air Patrol Organizational Chart ........................................................................................................................... 8
Figure 2−Headquarters CAP-USAF Organizational Chart .......................................................................................................... 9
Figure 3−CAP Chain of Command ............................................................................................................................................ 10
Figure 4−CAP Regions and Wings ............................................................................................................................................ 11
PART II−ORGANIZATIONAL CHARTS FOR ALL LEVELS OF CAP HEADQUARTERS                                                                                                                         12
Figure 5−Region Headquarters Organizational Chart ................................................................................................................ 12
Figure 6−Region Level .............................................................................................................................................................. 13
Figure 7−Wing Headquarters Organizational Chart .................................................................................................................. 14
Figure 8−Wing Level ................................................................................................................................................................. 15
Figure 9−Group Headquarters Organizational Chart ................................................................................................................. 16
Figure 10−Group Headquarters Organizational Chart ............................................................................................................... 16
Figure 11−Group Level.............................................................................................................................................................. 18
Figure 12−Senior Squadron Organizational Chart (Strength Over 50 Senior Members) ........................................................... 19
Figure 13−Squadron Level (Strength Over 50 Senior Members) .............................................................................................. 20
Figure 14−Senior Squadron Organizational Chart (Strength Less Than 50 Senior Members) .................................................. 21
Figure 15−Squadron Level (Composite Squadron w/less than 50 Senior Members) ................................................................. 22
Figure 16−Composite Squadron Organizational Chart (Senior Member Positions) .................................................................. 23
Figure 17−Cadet Squadron Organizational Chart (Senior Member Positions) .......................................................................... 24
Figure 18−Cadet/Composite Squadron Organizational Chart (Cadet Positions) ....................................................................... 25
PART III−SENIOR MEMBER POSITION DESCRIPTIONS                                                                                                                                             26
Region Commander ................................................................................................................................................................... 26
Wing Commander ...................................................................................................................................................................... 27
Group Commander..................................................................................................................................................................... 28
Squadron Commander ............................................................................................................................................................... 28
Operations Officer ..................................................................................................................................................................... 29

Supersedes: CAPR 20-1, 29 May 2000.                                                                                                                                         OPR: DP
Distribution: National CAP website.                                                                                                                                         Pages: 50
Notice: CAP publications and forms are available digitally on the National CAP website at:
http://www.capmembers.com/forms_publications__regulations/
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Emergency Services (ES) Officer .............................................................................................................................................. 30
Emergency Services Training Officer ........................................................................................................................................ 31
Search and Rescue (SAR) Officer.............................................................................................................................................. 31
Disaster Relief Officer ............................................................................................................................................................... 32
Counterdrug (CD) Officer (Applicable to Wing/Region Only) ................................................................................................. 32
Communications Officer ............................................................................................................................................................ 33
Drug Demand Reduction Officer ............................................................................................................................................... 33
Internal Aerospace Education Officer ........................................................................................................................................ 34
(Applicable to Regions, Wings, Groups and Squadrons) ........................................................................................................... 34
External Aerospace Education Officer....................................................................................................................................... 35
(Applicable to Regions, Wings, Groups and Squadrons) ........................................................................................................... 35
Professional Development Officer ............................................................................................................................................. 35
Director of Cadet Programs (Applicable to Wings) ................................................................................................................... 37
Cadet Programs Development Officer (Applicable to Regions, Wings, Groups) ...................................................................... 37
Cadet Special Activities Officer (Applicable to Regions, Wings, Groups)................................................................................ 37
Leadership Education Officer (Applicable to Cadet and Composite Squadrons Only) ............................................................. 38
Activities Officer (Applicable to Cadet and Composite Squadrons Only) ................................................................................. 38
Testing Officer (Applicable to Squadrons Only) ....................................................................................................................... 38
Deputy Commander For Cadets (Applicable to Composite Squadrons Only) ........................................................................... 39
Logistics Officer (Applicable to Squadrons Only)..................................................................................................................... 39
Supply Officer............................................................................................................................................................................ 39
Transportation Officer ............................................................................................................................................................... 40
Maintenance Officer .................................................................................................................................................................. 40
Administrative Officer ............................................................................................................................................................... 41
Personnel Officer ....................................................................................................................................................................... 41
Recruiting Officer ...................................................................................................................................................................... 41
Plans and Programs Officer ....................................................................................................................................................... 42
Public Affairs Officer ................................................................................................................................................................ 42
Director of Finance .................................................................................................................................................................... 42
(Applicable to Regions and Wings) ........................................................................................................................................... 42
Finance Officer .......................................................................................................................................................................... 43
(Applicable to Units Below Wing-Level) .................................................................................................................................. 43
Chaplain ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 43
Character Development Instructor ............................................................................................................................................. 44
Legal Officer .............................................................................................................................................................................. 44
Health Services Officer .............................................................................................................................................................. 45
Inspector General ....................................................................................................................................................................... 45
(Applicable to Regions, Wings) ................................................................................................................................................. 45
Safety Officer ............................................................................................................................................................................. 46
Historian .................................................................................................................................................................................... 46
Government Relations Advisor (Wing Level Only)................................................................................................................... 47
National Command Chief. ......................................................................................................................................................... 47
Region Command NCO ............................................................................................................................................................. 48
Region NCO Advisor ................................................................................................................................................................. 48
Wing NCO Advisor ................................................................................................................................................................... 49
Group NCO Advisor .................................................................................................................................................................. 49
Squadron NCO Advisor ............................................................................................................................................................. 49
PART IV−CADET POSITION DESCRIPTIONS                                                                                                                                                            50
Cadet Commander ..................................................................................................................................................................... 50
Cadet Deputy Commander ......................................................................................................................................................... 50
Cadet Executive Officer ............................................................................................................................................................. 50
Cadet Aerospace Education Officer ........................................................................................................................................... 51
Cadet Operations Officer ........................................................................................................................................................... 51
Cadet Communications Officer .................................................................................................................................................. 51
Cadet Flight Commander ........................................................................................................................................................... 52
Cadet First Sergeant ................................................................................................................................................................... 52
Cadet Flight Sergeant ................................................................................................................................................................. 52
Cadet Element Leader ................................................................................................................................................................ 53
CAPR 20-1     2 JANUARY 2013                                                                                                  3

                                  PART I−ORGANIZATION OF CIVIL AIR PATROL
                                                     Section A−General
1. Civil Air Patrol, A Corporation. Civil Air Patrol (CAP) was established 1 December 1941 and is a private, nonprofit
organization of a benevolent character, and incorporated by the United States Congress on 1 July 1946 (36 USC 40301-
40307) and its status and governing body are defined by 10 USC Chapter 909. Civil Air Patrol functions in accordance with
its Constitution and Bylaws, regulations, and other directives approved by the Board of Governors, and issued by the Chief
Operating Officer.
2.    Objects and Purposes. The objects and purposes of CAP, as contained in 36 U.S.C. 40302, are to:
      a. Provide an organization to encourage and aid citizens of the United States in contributing their efforts, services, and
resources in developing aviation and in maintaining air supremacy.
      b. Encourage and develop by example the voluntary contribution of private citizens to the public welfare.
      c. Provide aviation and aerospace education and training especially to its senior and cadet members.
      d. Encourage and foster civil aviation in local communities.
      e. Provide an organization of private citizens with adequate facilities to assist in meeting local and national
emergencies.
      f. Assist the Department of the Air Force in fulfilling its noncombat programs and missions.

3.     Organizational Structure. Civil Air Patrol’s organizational structure at all levels follows the basic organizational
concepts in this regulation. However, there may be situations where wings/units need to realign organizational elements to fit
unique mission requirements. In these cases region commanders may approve deviations to improve efficiency.
   a. Position descriptions at all echelons (national, region, wing, group, and squadron) are so similar that the same position
description applies to all levels, unless otherwise indicated. Short, brief sentences in the position descriptions give a broad
picture of the duties of each position. The tasks listed are described in detail in other CAP directives. All phases of each
functional area have been covered in each position description even though some units may not have a need for every task.
Local units are authorized and encouraged to develop more detailed position descriptions to fit individual unit situations.
   b. Each unit commander should develop and post an organizational chart at headquarters, depicting the name and grade of
the incumbent of each position and the specific duties of each so unit personnel know their responsibilities and their chain of
command. In smaller units, it may be necessary that more than one position be filled by the same member; however, someone
should be responsible for each task outlined in the position description so the entire unit is aware of who is responsible for
which duties.
4. CAP, as an Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. In 1943 CAP began as an auxiliary of the Army Air Corps and later
continued with the Army Air Force. The Congress codified that status declaring CAP as the official Auxiliary of the newly
created United States Air Force on 26 May 1948 by a law frequently referred to as the CAP Supply Bill (10 USC 9441). In
2000, Congress codified CAP’s status as an auxiliary of the Air Force when it is performing a mission for a “department or
agency in any branch of the Federal government”. The CAP and its members are deemed to be instrumentalities of the United
States with respect to any act or mission of the CAP in carrying out a mission assigned by the Air Force (see 10 U.S.C. 9442).

                                   Section B−Corporate Organization at National Level

5.     National Organization. This section describes the corporate organization of CAP at the National level. The overall
organization of CAP, the CAP National Headquarters as well as the Civil Air Patrol-United States Air Force (CAP-USAF)
structure is depicted in figure 1.

6. The Board of Governors. The Board of Governors is the governing body of CAP and as such shall govern, direct and
manage the affairs of the Corporation. It is comprised of 11 members: four members appointed by the Secretary of the Air
Force, who may be active or retired employees of the United States, or private citizens; four members of Civil Air Patrol; and
three members appointed jointly by the Secretary of the Air Force and the National Commander of Civil Air Patrol, from
personnel of any Federal Government agencies, public corporations, nonprofit associations, or other organizations that have
an interest and expertise in civil aviation and the Civil Air Patrol mission.

  7. The CAP Senior Advisory Group. The CAP Senior Advisory Group (CSAG) is an advisory group to the National
Commander and shall conduct such business as determined by the Board of Governors, National Commander, or delineated
by CAP regulations. The CSAG consists of the:
  a. National Commander
  b. National Vice Commander
  c. National Chief of Staff
  d. Region Commanders
  e. Chief Operating Officer*
  f. Commander, CAP-USAF*
  *Ex-officio, nonvoting members
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  8. The CAP Command Council.The CAP Command Council is the advisory body to the National Commander on
operational issues. The Command Council consists of:
  a. National Commander
  b. National Vice Commander
  c. National Chief of Staff
  d. Region Commanders
  e. Wing Commanders
  f. Chief Operating Officer*
  g. Commander, CAP-USAF*

    *Ex-officio, nonvoting advisors

9. The National Headquarters.
  a. The National Headquarters consists of the National Commander who also serves as the Chief Executive Officer
(CEO), the Chief Operating Officer (CO) the National Staff, and NHQ-chartered units activated as directed by the
National Commander.
  b. The National Commander is the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation and is primarily responsible for the
operational missions of the Corporation. The National Commander serves as a permanent advisor to the Board of
Governors,
  c.     The Chief Operating Officer is contracted by the Board of Governors to administer the day-to-day activities of
Civil Air Patrol and to issue rules, regulations, and other directives in accordance with the resolutions of the Board of
Governors. He/she is also responsible for all employment and management decisions associated with the paid staff
employed to assist him/her in executing the purposes of the Corporation. The CO administratively reports to the Board
of Governors but shall be under the operational direction of the CEO (National Commander). In the absence of the
National Commander, the CO will assume the CEO responsibilities regarding the operation and daily administration of
the Corporation.

10. National Committees and National Staff. National committees and National staff may be appointed by the
National Commander and function under the direction of the Chief of Staff. These positions are advisory in nature and
have no command or directive authority. The National Chief of Staff exercises command authority over NHQ-chartered
units as delegated by the National Commander.

                                      Section C−Relationship with the Air Force.

   11. Authority. 10 U.S.C. 9442 – 9448 establishes the relationship between the Air Force and CAP. The Air Force
may furnish to the CAP any equipment, supplies and other resources the Air Force determines necessary to enable the
CAP to fulfill the missions assigned by the Air Force as an auxiliary of the Air Force. The legal instrument used to
transfer resources to the CAP is a Cooperative Agreement (CA) which the Air Force and CAP entered into effective 1
October 2000. The CA, along with the attached Statement of Work (SOW), establish what support the Air Force may
provide to CAP.

12. Civil Air Patrol – United States Air Force (CAP-USAF):
  a. CAP-USAF is an Air Force organization responsible for ensuring that CAP is organized, trained, and equipped to
fulfill the Air Force-assigned missions. CAP-USAF provides day-to-day support, advice and liaison to CAP, and
provides oversight for CAP programs, with particular emphasis on safety and programmatic requirements. CAP-USAF
personnel are the primary functional interface between other Federal agencies and the CAP. CAP-USAF is responsible
for reviewing CAP’s annual budget and program submission and making recommendations through HC/FM, HC/XP,
AU/FM or AU/XP to AETC. CAP-USAF is the Air Force program office for the CA and SOW.
  b. Headquarters CAP-USAF (HQ CAP-USAF). At the National level, CAP-USAF maintains its headquarters at
Maxwell AFB. The CAP NHQ is collocated with HQ CAP-USAF. The Commander, CAP-USAF, commands all civil
service and active duty members of the U.S. Air Force who are assigned to CAP-USAF (including USAF personnel at the
region liaison offices) to provide advice, liaison and oversight to Civil Air Patrol. The CAP-USAF Commander reports
to the Commander, Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development; who is responsible to
Headquarters, Air University.
  c. CAP-USAF Liaison Regions. CAP-USAF operates eight regional offices to support and oversee CAP’s eight
regions and 52 wings. The CAP-USAF Liaison Region (CAP-USAF LR) consists of a Commander, a Director of
Operations and a Chief of Logistics, as well as other support staff and Air Force Reserve personnel. This office provides
advice, assistance, and oversight of the CAP region commander as well as advice and assistance to the CAP wing
commanders in the region.
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  Section D−Command Responsibilities

13. Chain of Command. CAP commanders operate through the following chain of command in the order shown
below and illustrated in figure 3.
  a. National Commander
  b. Region Commander
  c. Wing Commander
  d. Group Commander
  e. Squadron Commander
  f. Flight Commander

14. Commander Appointments and Command Authority. The Board of Governors selects the National
Commander who serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Civil Air Patrol. The National Vice Commander is
selected by the National Commander and confirmed by the Board of Governors. Remaining commanders (who may have
delegated authority from a Corporate Officer) are appointed as outlined below.
   a. Region commanders are appointed by the National Commander and have command authority over all CAP units
and members within their respective regions. As members of the CSAG, they are the senior officers for their regions and
exercise authority as such. Region commanders serve a four-year term and are not eligible to succeed themselves.
Region commander terms may be extended by the National Commander for up to 90-days as necessary.
   b. Wing commanders are appointed by the region commanders and have command authority over all CAP units, and
members within their respective wings. Wing commanders shall serve a four-year term of office. The region commander
may grant an additional one-year term with the concurrence of the National Commander. When it is necessary to appoint
a new wing commander, the region commander will follow the procedures outlined in CAPR 35-9 before consulting with
the National Commander and notifying National Headquarters/DP so the appointment can be announced in published
personnel actions. The region commander is also responsible for notifying the wing commanders concerned (both the
new commander and the commander being replaced).
   c. The wing commander appoints group, squadron, and flight commanders. These commanders serve a four-year
term of office. Upon completion of the initial term, the Commander may be appointed to subsequent four-year terms
with the approval of the Wing and Region commander.
   d. Group commanders are appointed by the wing commanders and have command authority over all CAP units, and
members within their respective groups. Group commanders will work collaboratively with their wing commanders for
the appointment of squadron commanders and flight commanders.
   e. Squadron commanders are appointed by the wing commanders and have command authority over their respective
units. Prior to selection as a squadron commander, it is highly desired that candidates have completed the following
requirements completed.
   (1) Officer Basic Course
   (2) Squadron Leadership School (SLS)
   (3) Unit Commander Course (UCC)
   Circumstances may dictate that an individual be appointed to the position of squadron commander without having
these courses completed. In this case, the new squadron commander should complete CAP Pamphlet 40-2, Just in Time
Workbook for New Unit Commanders, within 30 days of their change of command. The squadron commander should
then complete the desired training courses as expeditiously as possible.
   f. Chaplains are not eligible for appointment as commanders.

15. Discharge of Responsibilities:
   a. Unit commanders are responsible for compliance with all directives from higher headquarters. They are
authorized a staff to assist in the accomplishment of the various assigned tasks and should delegate appropriate authority
to staff members in discharging the unit’s mission. Commanders retain full responsibility for the actions of their staff.
   b. Commanders must ensure that all members of their staff understand the chain of command, that is, who they report
to and who reports to them. Individuals should have only one supervisor.
   c. A commander who is an attorney will not appoint himself as a legal officer in his command.

16. Command Authority during Temporary Absence of Commanders. During the temporary absence of a
commander at the region, wing or unit level, the vice/deputy commander or the chief of staff, in that order, will act as
temporary commander.

17. Other National level appointments.
  a. The National Chief of Staff, Chief of the Chaplain Corps, Chief of the Legal Officer Corps and National Controller
serve at the pleasure of the National Commander.
  b. The National Inspector General (IG) is appointed by the National Commander and confirmed by the Board of
Governors. Once appointed and confirmed, the IG, remains in this position until a new National Commander is selected.
The National IG may serve sequential National Commanders, if appointed by the National Commander . The National
Inspector General may only be removed from office by a majority vote of the Board of Governors. In the event of a
vacancy the National Commander shall immediately appoint a replacement who will serve with full authority of the office
until confirmed by the Board of Governors. Disapproval by the Board of Governors creates a vacancy and disqualifies
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the individual from service in this position.
                                                Section E− Field Organization

18. Regions. CAP is divided into eight separate regions, divided geographically within the United States. Their
collective boundaries include all the CAP wings. These regions are not constituted as separate legal entities. Each region
is known by the geographical locale of the United States it encompasses. The CAP regions and the wings that comprise
them are depicted in 4.

19. Wings. There are 52 wings in CAP, one for each state, the District of Columbia (which encompasses the
Washington, D.C. area), and Puerto Rico. A wing is comprised of the wing headquarters and all units within its
geographical boundary unless otherwise prescribed.

20. Groups. Wing commanders may form groups when the wing geographical area or the number of units in the wing is
too large to permit the wing commander to exercise effective supervision directly over squadrons and flights. A group
will not be formed unless a minimum of five squadrons is placed under its control or unless extenuating circumstances,
such as long distances, prevail. The need for groups will be at the discretion of the wing commander. Wing commanders
will deactivate or redesignate existing groups that do not meet the above criteria. Both National and region headquarters
will be notified of any change in group structures.

21. Squadrons. The squadron is the community-level organization of CAP. Wing commanders may activate squadrons
in accordance with CAPR 20-3. Whenever the membership drops below the minimums outlined in CAPR 20-3, the wing
commander may deactivate the squadron or redesignate it as a flight. The designation of each squadron will indicate
whether it is a:
   a. Senior Squadron. Comprised entirely of senior members.
   b. Cadet Squadron. Comprised primarily of cadets with a minimum of three senior members to meet supervisory,
administrative, and training requirements in the conduct of cadet programs.
   c. Composite Squadron. Comprised of both senior and cadet members, conducting both senior and cadet programs.

22. Flights. The flight is the smallest CAP membership unit authorized and must conform to minimum
membership requirements set forth in CAPR 20-3. Flights should be organized only in sparsely populated areas
where there are an insufficient number of individuals to constitute a squadron.
  a. A flight may be assigned either to a squadron, group, or wing at the discretion of the wing commander concerned.
  b. If the membership drops below the minimum membership required, the flight may be deactivated. If the
membership increases to the minimum required for a squadron, the wing commander will redesignate the flight as a
squadron.
  c. Flights will use organizational charts established for a squadron of less than 50 senior members as a guide in
establishing the unit.

                                  Section F−Organization and Manning of CAP Units

CAPR 20-3 sets forth the procedures for activating, deactivating, and redesignating CAP units.

23. Field Organization:
  a. Headquarters organizational structures for each level of command throughout CAP are depicted in part II. This
basic organizational structure has been determined to be the most workable structure for all CAP units, and deviations are
not authorized, except to expand particular staff elements as required to accomplish the unit’s mission.
  b. Each unit commander should develop and post a unit organizational chart indicating the name and grade of the
member filling each position. In smaller units, one person may fill more than one position; however, someone should be
responsible for each task outlined in each position description so the entire unit is aware of who is responsible for which
duties.

24. Commander Grade Allocations:
     Position               Grade−Not to Exceed*
     Region Commander         Colonel
     Region Vice Commander    Colonel
     Wing Commander           Colonel
     Group Commander          Lt Col
     Squadron Commander       Lt Col

*Unless higher grade earned when holding previous position

25. NCO Duty Positions. NCOs are eligible to hold any position within CAP, including pilot, except those normally
reserved for officers (e.g. Unit Commanders) and will be assigned to any CAP organization level: Squadron, Group,
Wing, Region or National Headquarters. Where possible, assignments will be rank appropriate and consider the
member’s professional development training, professional military skills and professional and personal goals. CAP
CAPR 20-1     ICL 18-06    4 SEPTEMBER 2018                                                                                  7

Senior NCOs (MSgt, SMSgt and CMSgt) may be in charge of a unit designated as a flight (if there are no CAP officers
assigned); however, NCOs will not be authorized to command a Squadron, Group, Wing or Region. Any NCO assigned
as squadron commander on the date of publication of this Interim Change may complete his or her term, but no additional
NCO Commander appointments are authorized.

    a.   NCOs add value to CAP units in many different ways. Examples include:

             (1) NCOs both complete and promote Professional Development and professional enhancement courses to
develop and cultivate leadership skills and professionalism.

            (2) NCOs help to ensure finances, facilities, and other resources are used in an effective and efficient
manner and in the best interest of the Civil Air Patrol.

             (3) NCOs can plan resource utilization, replenishment, and budget allocation to ensure personnel are
provided the equipment and resources needed to effectively accomplish the mission.

             (4) NCOs understand and can manage and explain manning requirements and capabilities.

              (5) NCOs promote a culture of innovation and continuous process improvement to identify and resolve
deficiencies. NCOs should guide, train, instruct and develop peers so they are technically ready to accomplish the
mission and ensure they are prepared to accept increased levels of authority and responsibility.

              (6) NCOs bring professional military experience to Cadet Programs and Leadership training, and can be
invaluable in guiding cadets as they learn drill and ceremonies, color guard, and other military and leadership functions.

             (7) Encampments (and other special activities) can also significantly benefit from NCO involvement.
NCOs can provide guidance on large military formations, enhance leadership instruction for the cadre members in
attendance, and provide information and advice to encampment leadership on the morale and welfare of the attendees.

    b.   Typical NCO duty assignments by rank and position are described as follows:

              (1) CAP Staff Sergeant: Completed Level I of the Professional Development Program and progressing
through Level II. Working towards specific skill set within chosen Specialty Track. Should be given opportunities to
further develop technical abilities and to demonstrate leadership skills. Responsible for the effective accomplishment of
all assigned tasks.
              (2) CAP Technical Sergeant: Completed Level II of the Professional Development Program and
progressing through Level III. Should be given opportunities to further develop technical abilities and to demonstrate
leadership skills. Assigned to a specific area/position within the unit.

              (3) CAP Master Sergeant: Experienced member of the unit. Completed Level III of the Professional
Development Program and progressing through Level IV. Assigned to a specific area/position within the unit. Role
models/mentors of cadets and newly assigned senior members. Participate in the decision making process, as appropriate,
on technical, operational and organizational issues.

              (4) CAP Senior Master Sergeant: Assigned to Squadron, Group, Wing or Region. Continue to develop
leadership and management skills, complete Level IV of the Professional Development Program, and progress through
(5) Level V. Role models/mentors, program, project or policy managers. Program/project oversight responsibilities;
Directors of Summer Encampments, Cadet Special Activities; Group, Wing, Region or National Special Activities.
Participates in the decision making process, as appropriate, on technical, operational, and organizational issues.

              (5) CAP Chief Master Sergeant: Assigned to Squadron, Group, Wing, Region or National Headquarters.
Completed Level V of the Professional Development Program. A role model/mentor, Senior NCO Advisor to the
commander, Program/project oversight responsibilities. Directors of Summer Encampments, Cadet Special Activities;
Group, Wing, Region or National Special Activities. Participates in the decision making process, as appropriate, on
technical, operational and organizational issues. Chief Master Sergeants serve in the highest NCO rank and hold strategic
leadership positions with tremendous influence at all levels of the Civil Air Patrol. They continue to develop personal
leadership and management skills to prepare for ever increasing positions of responsibility.
  .
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                                     Figure 1−Civil Air Patrol Organizational Chart


       UNITED STATES AIR FORCE                                                CIVIL AIR PATROL



             Headquarters, USAF                                                 Board of Governors


            HQ Air Education and
                                                                                                                Membership
          Training Command USAF
                                                                                                               Action Review
                                                                                                                   Panel
           HQ Air University USAF



           Jeanne M. Holms Center
           For Officer Accessions &
          Citizen Development USAF
                                                                    National Commander/
                                                                    Chief Executive Officer
              HQ CAP-USAF
                                                                                     Chief Operating Officer


              Region Liaison                  CAP Regions
             Offices (8 Offices)              (8 Commands)

                                                                              National Staff
                                             CAP Wings
                                             (52 Commands)




                                               Groups
                                              (Optional)


                                                Squadron




                                                Flights




                  CAP Volunteer Staff

                  Paid Corporate Staff
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                                         Figure 2−Headquarters CAP-USAF Organizational Chart

National Commander/
Chief Executive Officer
                                                          Commander, CAP-USAF                      Liaison Regions (8)
               Chief Operating Officer



                                         Vice Commander                     Command Chief




                                                                                 Financial                     Staff
                Operations                  Inspector General                   Management               Judge Advocate




                                                                                                 Information
                          Logistics                              Safety
                                                                                                 Management
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                                       Figure 3−CAP Chain of Command




                                       Board of Governors




                                            National
                                           Commander


                  National
              Vice Commander                                   Command Chief




                                      Region Commander




                                       Wing Commander




                                      Group Commander
                                         (Optional)




                                     Squadron Commander




                                       Flight Commander
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     Figure 4−CAP Regions and Wings
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                                             PART II−ORGANIZATIONAL CHARTS FOR ALL LEVELS OF CAP HEADQUARTERS



                                                                  Figure 5−Region Headquarters Organizational Chart


                                        Inspector General                                                                                  CAP-USAF
                                                                                                                                  Liaison Region Commander

                                        Director of Safety                            Region Commander
                                                                                          (Colonel)
                                      Government Relations
                                            Advisor                                                                                       Region Reserve
                                                                                                                                           Coordinator
                                    Wing Coordinator(s)

                                          Legal Officer


                                                              *Vice Commander                                    Command NCO
                                                                  (Colonel)

                                                                                                                    NCO Advisor


                                **DCS                 **DCS                    **DCS                    DCS                         **DCS Cadet                   **DCS                 Director of
                             Operations            Communications             Aerospace              Professional                     Programs                   Logistics             Administration
                                                                              Education              Development




                  Director            Director,            Director           Director              Director                  Director,             Region             Region           Health
                     of               Recruiting          of Plans &          of Public            of Finance               Information            Chaplain           Historian        Services
                 Personnel                &               Programs             Affairs                                      Technology
                                                                                                                                                                                       Officer
                                      Retention

  *Two region Vice Commanders are authorized.
  **The above staff officers may find it desirable to delegate certain responsibilities to subordinate personnel. If any of these functions are expanded, the organizational charts on the
  following pages are recommended.
  NOTE: The Operations and the Emergency Services functions may be separated at the option of the region commander.
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                                                            Figure 6−Region Level


                                                 DCS Aerospace Education



                   Internal Aerospace                                                     External Aerospace
                    Education Officer                                                      Education Officer




                                                    DCS Cadet Programs



                    Cadet Program                   DDR Coordinator                         Cadet Activities
                  Development Officer                                                          Officer




                                                       DCS Logistics



                     Supply Officer                 Transportation Officer               Maintenance Officer




                                                     DCS Communications



                      Communications                     Communications                      Communications
                     Engineering Officer                 Training Officer                    Licensing Officer




                                                       *DCS Operations



                   Standardization/                         Counterdrug                              *Emergency Services
                  Evaluation Officer                        Director                                       Officer


                                   Counterdrug             Search and          Emerg Services         Disaster Relief        Homeland
                                   Director                 Rescue              Trng Officer             Officer           Security Officer




     *Operations and Emergency Services may be organized as separate functions at the option of the region commander.
     NOTE: Counterdrug may be organized under either Operations or Emergency Services.
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                                                               Figure 7−Wing Headquarters Organizational Chart


                                    Inspector General
                                                                                                                    CAP-USAF Liaison
                                                                                                                    Region

                                    Director of Safety                         Wing Commander
                                                                                  (Colonel)

                                   Government Relations
                                         Advisor                                                                             USAFR
                                                                                                                            Coordinator
                                       Legal Officer


                                                                                                      Command NCO
                                                          *Vice Commander


                                                                                                       NCO Advisor



   **Director of       **Director of           **Director of          Director of              **Director of           **Director of        Administrative
    Operations        Communications            Aerospace            Professional                  Cadet                 Logistics            Officer
                                                Education            Development                 Programs




  Personnel        Recruitin            Plans &            Public             Finance           Information           Wing               Wing            Health
   Officer         g &                 Programs            Affairs            Officer           Technology           Chaplain          Historian        Services
                                        Officer            Officer                                Officer                                               Officer
                   Retention

  *Two vice commanders are authorized with the approval of the Region Commander.
  **The above staff officers may find it desirable to delegate certain responsibilities to subordinate personnel. If any of these functions are expanded the
  organizational charts on the following pages are recommended.
  NOTE 1: The Operations and the Emergency Services functions may be separated at the option of the wing commander.
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                                                             Figure 8−Wing Level

                                                        Director of
                                                    Aerospace Education


                   Internal Aerospace                                                       External Aerospace
                    Education Officer                                                        Education Officer



                                                         Director of
                                                       Cadet Programs


                    Cadet Programs                          DDR                              Cadet Activities
                  Development Officer                     Coordinator                           Officer



                                                          Director of
                                                           Logistics


                     Supply Officer                  Transportation Officer                *Maintenance Officer


              *May be placed under the Director of Operations at the option of the wing.



                                                          Director of
                                                        Communications


                      Communications                     Communications                       Communications
                     Engineering Officer                 Training Officer                     Licensing Officer



                                                           *Director of
                                                            Operations


       Standardization/                                     Counterdrug                               *Emergency Services
      Evaluation Officer                                      Officer                                       Officer


                               Counterdrug            Search and              Emergency Services        Disaster Relief       Homeland
                                 Officer             Rescue Officer            Training Officer            Officer          Security Officer




     *Operations and Emergency Services may be organized as separate functions at the option of the wing commander.
     NOTE: Counterdrug may be organized under either Operations or Emergency Services.
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                                                            Figure 9−Group Headquarters Organizational Chart


                                          Safety Officer


                                           NCO Advisor
                                                                                Group Commander
                                                                                                                         Legal Officer

                                       Deputy Commander




   *Operations        *Communications           Aerospace              Professional                *Cadet                 *Logistics             Administrative
     Officer              Officer               Education              Development                Programs                 Officer                 Officer
                                                 Officer                 Officer                   Officer




        Personnel       Recruiting &      Plans &            Public              Finance                                               Information           Health
                         Retention                                                                                                     Technology
         Officer          Officer
                                         Programs            Affairs             Officer       Historian          Chaplain                                  Services
                                          Officer            Officer                                                                     Officer            Officer



  *The above staff officers may find it desirable to delegate certain responsibilities to subordinate personnel. If any of these functions are expanded, the
  organizational charts on the following pages are recommended.
  NOTE 1: The Operations and the Emergency Services functions may be separated at the option of the group commander.
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                                                               Figure 10−Group Headquarters Organizational Chart




                                                                                  Group Commander
                                             Safety Officer                                                                 Legal Officer




                                                          Deputy Commander                                NCO Advisor




      *Operations        *Communications           Aerospace             Professional                 *Cadet                 *Logistics          Administrative
        Officer              Officer               Education             Development                 Programs                 Officer              Officer
                                                    Officer                Officer                    Officer




           Personnel       Recruiting &      Plans &           Public           Finance                                         Information       Health
                            Retention                                                                                           Technology
            Officer          Officer
                                            Programs           Affairs          Officer       Historian         Chaplain                         Services
                                             Officer           Officer                                                            Officer        Officer



     *The above staff officers may find it desirable to delegate certain responsibilities to subordinate personnel. If any of these functions are expanded, the
     organizational charts on the following pages are recommended.
     NOTE 1: The Operations and the Emergency Services functions may be separated at the option of the group commander.
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                                                         Figure 11−Group Level

                                                      Cadet Programs
                                                         Officer


                 Cadet Programs                         DDR Officer                      Cadet Activities
               Development Officer                                                          Officer




                                                         Logistic
                                                         Officer


                  Supply Officer                  Transportation Officer              *Maintenance Officer



            *May be placed under the Director of Operations at the option of the group commander.




                                                       Communications
                                                          Officer


                   Communications                      Communications                        Communications
                  Engineering Officer                  Training Officer                      Licensing Officer




                                                         *Operations
                                                           Officer


                            Standardization and                        *Emergency Services
                             Evaluation Officer                              Officer



                                      Search and             Emergency Services         Disaster Preparedness-   Homeland Security
                                     Rescue Officer           Training Officer                  Officer              Officer




  *These functions may be separated at the option of the group commander.
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                                           Figure 12−Senior Squadron Organizational Chart (Strength Over 50 Senior Members)


                                        Safety Officer
                                                                                                                                       USAFR
                                                                                        Commander                                      Assistant


                                        Legal Officer


                                                                     Deputy Commander                     NCO Advisor




                             *Operations          Communications            Aerospace                  Professional             *Logistics            Administrative
                               Officer               Officer                Education                  Development               Officer                Officer
                                                                             Officer                     Officer




       Personnel            Recruiting &           Public Affairs            Finance                                                         Information          Health Services
        Officer              Retention                Officer                Officer               Historian             Chaplain            Technology              Officer
                              Officer                                                                                                          Officer



     *The above staff officers may find it desirable to delegate certain responsibilities to subordinate personnel. If any of these functions are expanded, the organizational
     charts on the following pages are recommended.
     NOTE 1: The Operations and the Emergency Services functions may be separated at the option of the group commander.
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                                   Figure 13−Squadron Level (Strength Over 50 Senior Members)


                                                     Logistic
                                                     Officer


                  Supply Officer               Transportation Officer             *Maintenance Officer



            *May be placed under the Operations Officer at the option of the squadron commander.




                                                     *Operations
                                                       Officer



                              Standardization and                  *Emergency Services
                              Evaluation Officer                         Officer



                                            Search and             Emergency Services     Disaster Preparedness-   Homeland Security
                                           Rescue Officer           Training Officer              Officer              Officer



  *These functions may be separated at the option of the squadron commander.
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